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Girls' Night In Paperback – 3 Jul 2000

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Paperback Edition edition (3 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006514855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006514855
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 4.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most girls know the best nights in consist of other girlie friends, a few bottles of vino (or devilish cocktail concoctions) and a good goss. A Girls Night In provides all this and more between the pages of its cover. A collection of short stories by 32 of the UK's most up-and-coming female authors, this intoxicating anthology is a heady blend of heartbreaks, highs and hit-and-misses. With each writer's distinct perspective and personal style flowing, no two stories are alike--although they all deal with a perennial theme: the battle of the sexes. Contributors include Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell, Wendy Holden, Amy Jenkins and many, many more. Marian Keyes' "The Truth is Out There" is an unusual, screwball spin on getting over a broken heart--a young woman in the process of a break-up is unwittingly assisted by "a small, yellow, transparent creature who liked to be called Bib", with an eye for the ladies. Lisa Jewell's "Rudy" looks at affairs of the heart from a rare male perspective--the stalker--leaving many a reader, oddly enough, with a wry smile. Innovative, wacky titles abound to induce the reader in: "E-Male of the Species", "Dougie, Spoons and the Aquarium Solarium" and "The Seven Steps from Shag to Spouse". Whether you are drawn to a familiar writer or someone new, you can dip in and out of these tales at whim, gaining a taster of whether you could enjoy a full course of their longer fiction. Either way, raise a glass to toast this eclectic mix of authors united to raise funds for War Child. Proceeds--£1 from every book sold--will promote a Child's Safe Play programme in the Balkans and an educational programme in Rwanda. --Nicola Perry


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Format: Paperback
Two stories into "Girls night in" and I was saying to myself "I really must lend this to Sarah, Penny, Michelle, Pam ...... (fill in blank) they will love it!". I tried limiting myself to 1 story per night so I could savour the enjoyment for longer, but couldn't put it down and ended up reading about 5 per night instead.
The stories contain the joy of female friendships, the disillusionment of heartbreak, the excitement of new love/lust and the sweet taste of revenge. Familiar themes to most of us, you will find yourself reading this and recognising large chunks of your own life between the pages.
My first instinct was to say that this book would really suit women from 25-45 but I actually think that it is a read for all the girls out there, whatever your age.
The saddest stories are poignant rather than teary, and overall it is light and would be perfect in-the-bath or lunchbreak reading.
I have been delighted by the humour and wit of these talented authors and heartily recommend this book.
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By A Customer on 7 July 2000
Format: Paperback
You only have to read a few "city girl" books before you realise they're all pretty similar, and unfortunately the same is true of the stories in this book. Most follow those tried and true formulae -- either (a) dowdy girl victimised by gorgeous but horrible school friend, who can't cope when dowdy girl gets a life and (b) woman in relationship with unsuitable man who breaks up with him and finds fulfilment, usually in the arms of another. Not to say there's anything wrong with that, but in a book of short stories the similarities become a hell of a lot more apparent. The best stories are the ones where the writer's tried to do something different -- Stella Duffy turns in her usual beautifully crafted prose, while Jenny Colgan's hapless snake fans made me laugh. And Marian Keyes weaves a brilliant yarn about an alien visiting earth (and I'm a sci-fi-phobe at the best of times). For those stories alone, it's worth buying .. especially if you're a fan of this kind of writing .. but be prepared to do a bit of page-turning.
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By A Customer on 5 July 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I love reading this type of female 'Bridget Jones' novels and all the top authors - from Lisa Jewell to Freya North have contributed.
I was a bit disappointed, I have to admit. On one hand, the whole idea of the book, to help a War Child, was obviously very sincere and touching. But that aside, the book is almost embarrassing as an illustration of the multitude of Bridget Jones copycat novels about.
I started off with Marian Keyes story, which is truly excellent. But then it went downhill. Ten stories later, I had reached a point where I was foaming at the mouth and thinking - if one more story starts off with a Bridget Jones heroine being dumped / waking up with hangover beside a bloke, all written in the same queasy girly self-deprecating style, with hip references to Agent Provacateur etc etc - I am going to scream. The stories merged into one Bridget JOnes blur until I found myself reading a story which I thought by Anna Maxted, then realised halfway through it was Adele Parks - or was it the other way round? Cathy Kelly's and Claire Calman, who also have distinctive styles, read like a Jane Green. In fact, if you weren't told which story was by which author, you'd never know who'd written which one and it just left me begging for something different and original. These writers need to be a bit more brave.
But - 3 gems stand out from the dross. Lisa Jewell's entry is up to her usual very classy cut-above-the-rest standard - told from a male point of view, simply, and written in her beautifully readable, perceptively observed style. Jenny Colgan's was also passable - a kooky story with some nice humour.
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My copy of Girls' Night In is stationed right next to the bath - all the stories are exactly the right length for a good soak and very relaxing too. All right, so it's not exactly EM Forster, but there are some witty gems and the usual sprinkling of zingy one-liners you can reuse on your mates as necessary. Like a good bath, the best stories have a lingering effect after the initial froth washes off; Polly Samson's story is as delicately drawn as you'd expect, and Helen Simpson's 'Hurrah for the Hols' is a more adult exploration of womanhood and the responsibilities of being a mother. With 31 stories from 31 authors, there will be *something* here that you like, which, let's face it, makes it pretty good value.
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I must confess I only bought this book because it gave a percentage of it's cover price to charity. I don't usually like chick-lit and have only read a whole book of two of the featured authors, one of which I enjoyed, one I didn't. I found some of the stories very odd, some of them not very good at all and some of them wonderfully fantasic that have remained in my mind for some time post-reading!
I reccomend this book if you want an introduction to some of the popular female authors of the moment. If you're looking for insightful, meaty stories this is not for you.
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